Sunday, 31 July 2016

my birthday cards - part 1

Hello again ladies

As promised - some of the cards I received for my birthday this year  As normal for this sort of post I will not be passing comments on each card - they were all amazing.  Some of them were made in such a way that I took some inside photos as well.

There are 39 in all - so I will spread that over 3 posts of about a dozen each post.

Part 2 & 3 tomorrow.
'Bye for now.

member showcase

Good afternoon ladies.

Today I have another member showcase for you & this time it is Rita of Mold II club who has had a card featured in a recent issue of "Papercraft Essentials" magazine.

Well done again Rita & I see you incorporated some of your folk art painting as well in the design.

Start of showing you my birthday cards later.

'Bye for now.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

member showcase

Good afternoon lades I hope you are having a good weekend.

Today I have a member showcase for you & the card this time is from Clare of Mold club;

Clare made this card for her Dad's birthday.

She also entered it into 2 challenges where it was a winning card on "I Love Promarkers" & also chosen for the top 5 on "Passion for Promarkers"

Well done Clare.  You obviously enjoy using your Promarkers.  I am still, even after quite a long time of having & using them, still not getting the results like those above.  But, I am working on it.

I do have another member showcase for you - but need to photograph it first.  So I should be able to show it tomorrow.

Come on ladies - anybody else had success they need to tell us about.

That's me for today - 'bye for now.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

mold photos - part 2

Good afternoon ladies - well as promised I am back again this time with the photos of Mold II project for this month - which was the mdf hearts;

These 2 photos are of the front & back of Carolyn's heart.  The silver on the pale blue is really wintry.  
I wasn't aware of any of the other ladies having decorated the backs of their hearts so only fronts have been photographed.

Rita's heart is a really beautiful wedding heart.
I wish I had known about these when our 2 boys got married I would love to have made them (or at least their wives) one.  
Hmm - maybe an anniversary?

Phyllis has used that lovely die cut peacock on her heart & delicate flowers to compliment the background paper.

Elma chose pale shades of blue & pink & that stylised bird die cut is gorgeous.

Elizabeth's shades of lilac & contrast texture of feathers works so well.
I love the use of the jigsaw piece hanging from the centre.

Annette - this is so delicate & a real CAS design - I love it.

What a lovely colour combination on Sylvia's heart & those lovely butterfly sayings on the background

Christine has used a stencil on her heart with some lovely paper flowers.  What a beautiful anniversary card

Betty chose blue & cream with die cuts in toning colours. Another delicate design.

Lin chose lovely lilac & gray colours for her papers & flowers & then added that lovely chalkboard topper which just belongs there doesn't it.

Dot has a cheeky snowman on her heart.  Brr! makes you feel quite cold - or perhaps I should say - cool, considering the temperature at the moment.

Helen's heart definitely has a love feeling & that swirl really compliments the swirly tailed bird.

Aren't they lovely.  Looking at all these hearts plus those made at Mold club have really given me lots of inspiration & I am sure there will be more to come when CSNW make theirs next week.

This has really been a popular project.  I will have to think about more along this line.

That's me for today.

At the Mold meeting I was reminded that I hadn't yet shown you my birthday cards that I had received. I had not forgotten totally & will be photographing them over the weekend.  So they should be here around Monday!


Mold II photos - part 1

Good morning ladies

This morning I have the Mold II Show & Tell photos for you. There challenge was a mixed media ATC;

Elma has used crumpled tissue paper, a pretty rose topper & gilding to enhance some areas.
Such delicate colours Elma.

Annette chose a Christmas theme & the use of corrugated card for the star really gives it texture. The reindeer must be called Rudolph as Annette has given him a little red nose.

Carolyn chose pastel colours for her ATC - there are shades of pink, lilac etc.  Extremely delicate & again the use of ribbed or corrugated card for texture, & the fibres
(Actually the colour is more colour defined in real life)

Lin made 2 ATC's as she was not happy with the green one which for some reason the card distorted. The black is fine even though she used the same products.  Those glasses are really cute.


These aren't ATC's!  No, they aren't but they are Show & Tell cards from a previous meeting that both Christine & Sylvia missed.  That time the theme was a circular card.

Christine's card almost looks like one of the decorative plates people used to hang on the walls or stand on dressers.  Those lovely russet coloured flowers are real pressed flowers.

Sylvia created her circular card attached to an easel card - a great idea.  Love the cup cakes.

As I didn't get back yesterday with these photos I will be back later today (I promise) with the second set of photos from the meeting.

'Bye for now.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

my second heart

Good morning ladies

Popping in quickly before going out for most of the day in order to show you my second heart that I decorated - rather differently to the first one.  Also before going out I will be loading last night's photos onto my computer & will put the Show & Tell photos here later.

I covered the heart with black gesso (it took 2 coats), then stamped the sentiment on the right hand side in white gesso.  I have to admit I took a couple of practice attempts on thick card to see how the gesso worked & to see how much I needed on the stamp.  By the way it is important to wash the gesso off as soon as you have stamped.  When I was happy with my technique I stamped it on the heart.

Recently I have been playing, again, with air drying clay & made these lovely flowers & leaves (& lots of other pieces). So I painted them with white gesso to make them whiter & then painted them again with white acrylic paint.  After gluing them onto the heart I then used an embossing tool with a reasonably small ball end, dipped in white acrylic paint to create the dots around the edge.  Black & white ribbon for the hanger completed the task.

Right - I had better get ready to go out.  Have a good day - back soon.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

just chatting

Good afternoon ladies.

Just popping in for a little chat.  I have been preparing things for this evenings meeting of Mold II club - where we will be decorating a heart.

So! I have also spent some time finishing another heart I have decorated, in order to take it along tonight.  I have done something a little different.  A photo of it over next couple of days, after I have shown you the photos from the Mold II meeting.

Have a good evening
'Bye for now.

birthday greetings

Today is 26 July
& a CSNW club member has a birthday

Happy Birthday Grace

Have a lovely day

Monday, 25 July 2016

quick message for Mold II ladies

I went to see Liz at the Maelor this afternoon & got there just in time as they were about to move her to Mold hospital. She was already in the discharge ward awaiting the ambulance to transfer her - but they let me in to see her.

So if you want to visit Liz - she is now at Mold.

Mold II club night tomorrow - so will have some photos for you on Wednesday, & I have a couple of photos of my own work to show you as well.

'Bye for now.  Sleep tight.

a recent card

Good morning ladies.

Today I can show you the card I made for a friend's 60th birthday.

You may remember that on Saturday's post I said we were off to her party.  We had a really lovely evening, sitting in their garden amongst friends, colleagues & strangers, & very pleasant it was too. There was lots of food which she had prepared during the day & her husband was on BBQ duty.
Very pleasant indeed.

Here is the card I made for her;

The card was actually black & cream - it looks rather white here.  I die--cut & stamped all the components then layered a piece of black card onto the base card, followed by a cream card that had been embossed.  I then die cut the panel in cream & layered it onto black card that had been cut with the matching outer die on its own.

Next I stamped the sentiment & flower spray on cream card & cut it out with a scalloped edge die. Then I used the next size up die & cut a black scalloped circle - layering the two together.

The flower was die cut 3 times from cream paper & I then stamped across the flowers with a text stamp in black ink, glued them together after some shaping & added the black & cream pearls in the centre.

I played a little more subtle for this card & put her age die-cut on the inside.  
Once again die-cut from cream card then black card.

I hope you all had a good weekend.  I will be back later - probably tomorrow with some more photos.
'Bye for now.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

a recent card

Good morning ladies

Just a short post this morning to show you a card I made this last week.  It's one of the type that we all wish we didn't have to make but nevertheless have to.

A sympathy card;

I find now, that the lovely dies that are on sale - really help make a simple clean & elegant card suitable for these occasions, & the embossing folders take away the starkness of the base card.

Tomorrow I will show you the 60th birthday card I made this last week.
'Bye for now.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

mold photos - part 2

Good morning ladies.

This morning I have the photos of the project from the Thursday meeting of Mold club. The project was the decorated mdf hearts;

Here are their hearts;

Joanna went for a Christmas theme to her heart.  
I have shown the front & back of this one as it has on it some interesting embellishments that Joanna made herself (using stamps).  I think  have persuaded her to show us how they were made. It doesn't actually take a lot of twisting as Joanna is always happy to show us interesting things. 
It will be an extra on one of the meetings.

Maureen's heart has this beautiful butterfly as it's focal point & I just love the colours.
It looks like Maureen also stamped her ribbon!.

Isn't this delicate? Clare covered her heart in some very pale (almost grey patterned) paper & then embellished with flowers stamped on parchment & glitter added to the edges.

Yvonne's heart has a really lovely saying on it & I love the way she has layered the flowers over the darker bases. Beautiful.

This lovely heart made by Rhiannon is going to a couple who are getting married shortly & she has put their names on the little wooden heart embellishments. 
I am sure they will love receiving this Rhiannon.

Janet has decorated her heart with pale glittery embellishments made of die cut hearts.
Hmm! I have just looked at a larger version of this & spotted those little dotty embellishments I will have to find out exactly what they are.
I think we can now officially call Janet the Mold club glitter queen.

They are really lovely ladies & each one so different.  That is what makes crafting so fascinating. Give a room full of people the same idea & watch for all the different versions.

Oops! nearly forgot.  I made one as well but had to finish it at home as I couldn't pick up the pearls I was going to put on it.

I was gong to put that smaller heart in the middle of the middle heart but forgot & started putting the flowers on. The I realised it would fit at the bottom,  Yesterday I stamped the "home sweet home" & added the pearls, & ribbon.  Oh yes & I decided to cover the back as well.

I think it may become a raffle prize at my one of my monthly lunches.

That's me for today. We are off to a 60th birthday party.
'Bye for now.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Mold photos - part 1

Good afternoon again ladies & this post I am going to show you the photos from the Mold meeting's Show & Tell cards where the theme was a card using images inspired by the letter R

We were a small group last night - just 6 ladies & there are just 3 Show & Tell cards for you to see.

Here are the photos;

This is Joanna's card, which I have to admit & did say last night - at first I didn't spot the R connection.  But then I picked it up for a closer look & it is of course Raindrops on Roses. 
Lovely idea Joanna & love the colours.

Yvonne has gone for Robot. I love the little robot topper - he is actually quite cute.  The patterned letters work really well too.  Lovely bright & cheerful card

Janet has chosen R for Rose & what a beautiful stylised flower. Janet has also used that stippled effect in the colouring.
Are those dots around the flowers part of the stamp Janet or have you added them yourself?

So there you are ladies.  I will be back again tomorrow with the project of the evening.
Have a great weekend.


a recent card

Good afternoon ladies & apologies for no blog posts for a couple of days.  You have heard enough about my ailments recently - but I have now for the first time in my life got hay-fever. This is the reason my eyes have been running the last few days.  This has made it difficult to spend anytime at the computer.  So I will try & catch up as quickly as I can.

So! first thing is a recent card I made - in fact I made two almost identical - for 2 sets of our friends who decided to move house.

Here is one of the cards;

I am only showing one is they were too identical to show both.   The house stamp is quite long & could only really go on a DL card.  I stamped it onto some matching card & embossers it with clear EP, then added colour with my water colour paints.  The "Home Sweet Home  stamp came with the house stamp. I layered another piece of cream card onto gold mirri card & then mounted the house on foam pads over that.

Last night was the July meeting for the Mold club ladies - so I have photos of their work to show you once I have loaded them on to my computer.

I hope you are all managing to survive this hot weather & have lovely things planned for the weekend.

I will be back again later - 'bye for now.